The cry went up as a bald, three-legged, one-eyed dog from Florida was honored as the “World’s Ugliest Dog” at the 20th annual ugly dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Florida.
Gus, a hairless, Chinese-crested with skin cancer, was named 2008’s ugliest dog at the contest after competing with 11 other dogs from across the nation. Gus won in the pedigree class and went on to triumph in the overall competition.
He took home two trophies and $1,600 in prize money, which his owners are going to spend on radiation treatments. Gus has skin cancer, which led to the amputation of one leg.
His missing eye is the result of a fight with a tomcat.
Gus took the honor in stride, sleeping for much of the three-hour contest wrapped in a blanket. Owner Jeanenne Teed called the win a no-brainer even though she conceded Gus “doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”